This paper is the anticipation of a chapter of an incoming book titled "The Forgotten Trauma. The Interpretation of Dreams in the Psychotherapies: History, Theory, Technique" [Il trauma dimenticato. L’interpretazione dei sogni nelle psicoterapie: storia, teoria, tecnica. Milan: FrancoAngeli, 2017]. Freud’s interest for telepathic dreams and his relation with art are discussed. Both Freud’s dissatisfaction with his own theory of dreams and the exhortation that he addressed to the psychoanalysts to go beyond the interpretative paradigm of dreams founded on the Oedipus complex are investigated. This paper is the premise to a survey of the answers which have been given to Freud’s exhortation in the course of the history of psychoanalysis, and to an attempt to fulfill them.
Keywords: Freud; Dreams; Telepathy; Art; Freud’s dissatisfaction for his dream theory